BDNY Wrap-Up: nanimarquina
It was a big year for nanimarquina at BDNY with an expansive roster of stylish new rugs by a line-up of marquee designers.
The always effervescent Jamie Hayon created Troupe, a 100% biodegradable rug made of New Zealand wool that “speaks of friends, children, free-spiritedness, and spontaneity.”
Troupe’s overall aesthetic is whimsy, but it’s also fascinating and strange in the best sense of those terms. Hayon embellishes these animal-esque creatures with fantastical parts and unusual aspects. I see suggestions of the art of Harry Nillson’s classic The Point, as well as Sendak’s seminal Where The Wild Things Are.
Tropue definitely has a collectible quality. As Hayon says, “it could be a painting, but it’s on the floor.” The hand-tufting technique enables a faithful reproduction, allowing for “the unique stamp of the craftspeople who made it.”
Clàudia Valsells’ Tones is a colorful new collection that explores the intriguing interactions of different colors in different quantities.
Comprised of four different designs, Tones also examines color as a metaphor for musical notes, with “an infinite wealth of shades, highlighting chromatic harmony.”
Three of the four rugs feature a solid block of color, inviting the incorporation of the other elements of a space like people, animals, and furnishings. In contrast, the fourth features a melodic distribution of different color cuttings.
Next up, Tiles offers a classic look with a smart interpretation of rectangles and squares as found in the constructed landscape.
Tiles rugs are durable and versatile. The geometric design enables expansive combinations: rugs can be added or taken away without disrupting the architectural pattern.
Made from 100% recycled PET using the Dhurrie technique in India, Tiles is ideal for kitchens, bathrooms, kids’ rooms, and outdoors.
And Re-Rug is a reclaimed wonder that uses discarded wool accumulated by nanimarquina suppliers.
The leftover wool goes through a complicated reclamation process that includes color separation, manual shredding, mechanical opening, then spinning and stretching.
Finally, New Zealand wool is incorporated for the warp (the structural part of the rug). The end product is a 50/50 virgin and reclaimed wool blend with excellent durability and a beautiful marbled aesthetic.
Lastly we come to Ceras, featuring subdued colors in broad strokes of straight lines on a neutral background.
Named for the Spanish word for Crayons, Ceras duplicates the effect of manual tracing with this child-like implement: “aiming for balance using fundamental colors and something as simple as drawing stripes in repetition.” Ceras is durable, dense, and long-wearing. It’s ideal for high-use locales like hallways and kitchens.